Eco-Schools are a charity passionate about engaging young people in environmental education and action. We do this by providing a simple, seven-step framework that guides, empowers and motivates pupils to drive change and improve environmental awareness in their school, local community and beyond.
After completing the seven step process, schools can then apply for Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation, which recognises, rewards and celebrates the environmental achievements of young people.
Eco-Schools was founded in 1994, operates in 70 countries and engages 19.5 million young people globally. This makes Eco-Schools the largest educational programme on the planet.
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Eco-Schools want schools to encourage schools to take vital steps to reduce damage to the environment. One biggie is to reduce or preferably to stop the use of glitter in schools.
“Glitter has been used in schools for many years, but is essentially sold as a microplastic – the most environmentally-hazardous format of plastic. Microplastics can now be found even in the most remote places on Earth, samples have been found in Arctic ice and embedded on the seafloor, they have also been found in the stomachs of animals ranging from whales to humans. Again, even ‘eco’ or ‘biodegradable’ litter can take years to decompose damaging wildlife and our planet in the interim.”
Check out some alternatives HERE. I’m pretty sure a lot of these will be more cost effective and better for the environment! Nothing like a win-win situation is there?